Best In Dallas: Charitable Dallasite Cordelia Tullous Shares Her Local Loves

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We love a list and a Best In Dallas list is even better! Today, charitable (and fashion-savvy) Dallasite Cordelia Tullous is here to dish about what brings her joy in Dallas.

We caught-up with Step Up Managing Director Cordelia Tullous (pictured below, center) at Coach NorthPark Center. Step Up, a non-profit organization that inspires girls to achieve their dreams, launched its Dallas Chapter, the charity’s first regional extension in ten years made possible through the backing of Coach Foundation.


As managing director, Cordelia is responsible for implementing Step Up’s mission to propel girls from under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential. To realize this vision, she oversees the organization’s regional fundraising, operations, staff, communications, local board and external relations. Her innate ability to inspire and motivate children led to executive positions at Southeast Regional for Leading Educators in New Orleans, Memphis, and Baton Rouge, as well as KIPP New Orleans Schools and Broad Residency in Urban Education. She is also a long-time volunteer with several community organizations including the American Heart Association, African American Museum, Junior Achievement, and Leukemia Texas.

We learned that she has called Dallas home since 1982 and is truly a lover of all things Dallas, from the Cowboys to the State Fair and all points in between, especially NorthPark Center. Here are a few of her favorites:


Foodie Favorite: Uchi 

If the unbelievably fresh sashimi isn’t enough, Dallas sushi hotspot Uchi’s sleek interior is a showstopper. “The ambiance in itself is amazing,” Cordelia told us, “but the must tries are the walu walu, hot rock and Brussel sprouts.”


Artistic Addiction: Joel Cooner Gallery

The local philanthropist names Dallas Design District gem, the Joel Cooner Gallery, as her “go to place for contemporary art.” Housing a wide array of African, Asian and Oceanic tribal art objects, the art hub caters to individuals like Cordelia, collectors who love pieces with cultural significance.


On The Move: Tie Campion Trail

Irving’s best kept secret, in Cordelia’s opinion, offers a mixture of natural and urban views. This “quiet, beautiful trail” is ideal for a morning jog and getting away from the city. Her tip: “join the Trinity running group for late night runs.”


Brain Candy: African American Museum of Dallas

Dedicated to preserving and exhibiting art that represents the African American community, this Fair Mark museum was the first place Cordelia volunteered as a college grad. Today, it’s still one of her favorite places in town. “I began my long-term relationship with the museum and met some amazing, lifelong friends as a result (shout out to the Twentysomething Club)!”

Image 1 courtesy of Step Up Dallas. Image 2 courtesy of Open Table. Image 3 courtesy of African Creative. Image 4 courtesy of Pinterest. Image 5 courtesy of 

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